recycled A&C bookcase

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Project by bent posted 04-20-2010 06:27 PM 2787 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i built this bookcase for the latest glue challenge, plus i needed it for our home.

about the material: i got the wood from a job i did for my uncle. he had bought a bunch of old barn siding to panel his office (it’s an ag supply company). he said it was 100+ years old when he bought it here in indiana, and that was 15 years ago. all the wood i used is left over from that job. so technically, it’s re-recycled. i got the glass from windows that were in an old farmhouse that i helped my dad tear down. for the fasteners, i used some dry wall screws and trim nails that were left over from the paneling job. for the hardware, i already had it in my collection of leftover/salvaged pieces. i did use some new, small cutoff red oak strips from another project for the interior where the shelf pins are inserted. they are well under the 1 bdft limit. i just didn’t trust the reclaimed wood to support the wieght once it’s filled up with books.

i hand cut all of the glass panes to fit into the door. i’ve seen before where just one sheet of glass is used in a door and the the dividers are overlaid. that’s not the case here, they’re all individual pieces. i wanted to mention that, because i came up with a useful tip while i was mounting the glass. when putting in the trim nails, i started with a small tack hammer and was being really careful not to tap the glass panes. then i realized that i could just use my channel lock pliers to squeeze the nails in. it was so alot quicker and safer to do it that way. another tip, make sure you don’t have tempered glass! apparently one of the pieces was, and i’ll be finding pieces of it around my shop long into the future.

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 07:09 PM

really nice. I have yet to even try to use a pallet for project. I keep thinking of the tediousness of trying to get some usable wood. You did really well in reclaiming wood and glass. Looks great and very functional.

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 07:46 PM

One man’s treasure… looks really nice great job.

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 11:11 PM


A beautiful cabinet, & made from wood that a lot of people would throw away.

You now have a modern day antique heirloom.


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#4 posted 04-20-2010 11:27 PM

That looks awesome. We need to get together one day.

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#5 posted 04-21-2010 01:17 AM

niiice design
great recycling
well done


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#6 posted 04-21-2010 03:58 AM

Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

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#7 posted 04-21-2010 05:29 AM

Very nice!

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 05:47 AM

I like it a lot very well done looks great

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#9 posted 04-23-2010 04:56 AM

I feel your pain with the tempered glass. It doesn’t shatter, it explodes!

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#10 posted 04-29-2010 05:04 PM

Great job recycling. Looks great. While it appears to violate the 1 dbf rule,(can’t really get a sense of the scale though) it is clearly in the spirit of the contest. Well done.

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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#11 posted 05-03-2010 04:08 AM

Great Looking Cabinet!!

I see what you mean about using old glass for your project. You are braver than me- I was too scared to try and cut mine :^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 05-03-2010 04:48 AM

Absolutely Stunning. Never would have believed it. Congratulations! I hope you can enjoy it for many decades.


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